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Book Review: What-to-Do Guides for Kids

This series of guides is published by the American Psychological Association for children ages 6 to 12. They include:

What to Do When Your Temper Flares: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Problems With Anger

What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety
What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming OCD

What to Do When You Dread Your Bed: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Problems With Sleep

Each guide begins with a two page introduction for parents or caregivers about the topic, followed by nine to twelve chapters of interactive text to be read with your child. The text includes metaphors to help the child understand the concepts and strategies suggested, cognitive behavioral techniques, how to steps, and frequent prompts to write or draw so children are involved with the text. Each chapter has enough to digest and discuss in 15-20 minute sessions, and the author suggests only reading one or two chapters at a sitting so that you have time to absorb and begin to use the tools.

We are currently reading the guide about overcoming negativity with our six and eight year old. I really appreciate how the author puts the problem in language that is appropriate for children with humor and sensitivity. The writing and drawing prompts are not throw-away items, but are actually essential in leading you into the next part of the text. The book has been effective in changing how we think of negativity and also in what we do when negative thinking gets in our way. 

I would recommend the books in this series to parents who are looking for ways to develop their child's emotional intelligence while also dealing with behavior issues that affect lifelong happiness.

Age Range:
6-12 years 

Price:
$15.95 to $10.85

Purchase at:
Amazon.com

Reviewer:
Heddi Craft
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